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It's a dangerous night to be walking outside. Not for me, but for the tiny little frogs that dot the gravel road. I swish my overpowered Surefire flashlight across the dark gravel trying to avoid stepping on them. When I get close they freeze in their tracks, making them harder to see. This would be a good reflex if I was trying to eat them, but it's working against them tonight.

I'm walking down to the beach for old times' sake. It's 2am and I'm in Milton, Vermont. Calling it a beach is generous. Shale rocks densely scattered over green outcroppings of weeds lead up to murky water. There are a few docks and a few boats pulled up out of the water. They're not locked to anything - they're just sitting there.

I crouch, pick up one of the little green frogs, and watch him slowly climb around my wrist as I rotate it. I probably haven't touched a frog in ten years. Playing with frogs used to be my favorite thing to do when I was in Vermont. I liked to catch them in a bucket and then empty it into the nearby creek and watch them swim away. Sometimes we'd throw them in the air so that they'd land in the lake. That seems a bit inhumane now, but we didn't know better back then. We were kids. I lower my arm to the ground and nudge the frog off of my wrist.

17 uses for old yogurt containers

On Mike Dariano

Do you have these old yogurt containers around? We have them a plenty. Uncle Dan has them by the hundred. Unfortunately, most centers won't recycle plastic number 5. It's like the U2 Rattle and Hum album. As a teen when I visited the used CD store in our city there was always, always, a copy there. Even after I bought one for myself and one for a girlfriend they still had copies. It's a decent set of songs but not one anyone appreciates. Just like old yogurt containers. Here are 17 ideas for what to do with old yogurt containers.

The beauty of this system is that you can use any container you have a lot of and the more you have the better your system will look. You'll have consistent container sizes and when you arrange and label. The system will serve you a long time, as long as plastic number 5.

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